Food and Nutrition

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) administers the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs. These programs promote the health and well-being of children and help fight hunger and obesity. Organizations such as schools, child care centers and non-profits are reimbursed for providing healthy meals to children. Explore each of these programs using the links below.

Please visit the Connect with Us page for a one-stop shop to connect with the MDE Food and Nutrition Service. On this page, you can subscribe to the Nutrition Program Bulletin, view an archive of past Bulletins, and login to or sign up for Cyber-Linked Interactive Child Nutrition System (CLiCS).

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Food and Nutrition Service Programs

Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP)

Food Distribution Program (FDP)

Milk Programs

School Nutrition Programs (SNP) (including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs)

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Team Nutrition

MDE is an equal opportunity provider and follows all civil rights laws and regulations for USDA programs. Read the USDA Non-Discrimination Statement to learn about civil rights policies in USDA programs, and the procedure for filing discrimination complaints to the USDA.